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Total deaths surpass 700 in South Dakota as 31 more COVID-19 deaths were reported

The coronavirus has claimed 31 more lives in South Dakota, though active cases dropped sharply...
The coronavirus has claimed 31 more lives in South Dakota, though active cases dropped sharply in the state Thursday.(MGN Online)
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 10:54 AM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The coronavirus has claimed 31 more lives in South Dakota, though active cases dropped sharply in the state Thursday.

The 31 additional deaths bring total deaths in South Dakota to 705. Three victims were in their 50s, six in their 60s, seven in their 70s, and 15 over the age of 80.

Health officials have reported 280 COVID-19 deaths since Nov. 1, making it by far the deadliest month of the pandemic. A total of 202 South Dakotans died from the disease in October, which had been the previous high for a single month.

The Department of Health reported 1,071 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total known cases in the state to 69,742.

Despite the new cases, active cases dropped by over 1,300 as the state reported nearly 2,400 additional recoveries. There are currently 17,884 active COVID-19 cases in South Dakota.

After months of steady increases, active cases have fluctuated all week. The state twice reached 19,000 active cases this week, only to see the number drop by over 1,000 the following day.

Current hospitalizations also dropped Thursday, falling by 15 to 578. COVID-19 patients occupy 21% of the state’s hospital beds, while 33% are still available.

Coronavirus patients currently occupy 47% of ICU beds, and about 18% of ICU beds are still available. On Wednesday, the Department of Health adjusted how it calculates ICU beds in the state by separating pediatric ICU beds from the adult bed count. This resulted in a drop of available ICU beds by about 15% from the state’s previous calculations.

County rundown for Thursday:

In Pennington County, 1,978 of 7,469 people (+84) are contagious or 26.5% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 21%.

For people in Meade County, 349 of 1,516 people (+12) are contagious or 23% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 20.9%.

In Lawrence County, 473 of 1,757 people (+32) are contagious or 26.9% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 21.7%.

For people in Oglala Lakota County, 365 of 1,477 (+24) people are contagious or 24.7% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 20%.

In Custer County, 105 of 468 people (+11) are contagious or 22.4% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 19.5%.

In Butte County, 153 of 638 (+5) people are contagious or 24% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 21.1%.

For people in Fall River County, 87 of 336 (+6) people are contagious or 26% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 14.5%.

In Jackson County, 39 of 183 people (+/-0) are contagious or 21.3% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 18.8%.

For people in Haakon County, 26 of 131 (+3) people are contagious or 19.8% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 22.8%.

In Bennett County, 67 of 281 (+8) people are contagious or 23.2% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 22.2%.

For people in Ziebach County, 53 of 153 (+4) people are contagious or 34.6% of those who tested positive. The cumulative positive rate is 20.4%.

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